Geham National Park

White-browed scrubwren Sericornis frontalis Photo: Tony Bond

On a fine but warm and humid Saturday our first outing for 2023 was to Geham National Park.

Signing on

It is representive of the Blackbutt open forest which existed along the range before clearing for agricultural purposes. The 22ha area contains Blackbutt, Tallow Wood, Grey Gum and some Sydney Blue Gum.

The understorey is progressively being taken over by Lantana and privet.

13 members gathered who divided into two groups each surveying two sides of the park before meeting at the appropriate connecting corner where their sightings were collated for the 500metre survey of the area.

Group along the southern side of Geham National Park Photo: Scot McPhie
Scarlet honeyeater – Myzomela sanguinolenta Photo: Tony Bond

Despite the background provided by the cicadas 27 species were recorded with a juvenile Collared Sparrowhawk being the bird of the day until an Emerald Dove was identified as we walked back to our vehicles.

Collared sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalus – very far away! Photo: Scot McPhie
Black-faced cuckooshrike Coracina novaehollandiae Photo: Sue McIlwraith

Morning tea provided by Scot and his family was a great finish to a most enjoyable walk

Morning tea!

Bird list for the day:

Australasian FigbirdSphecotheres vieilloti
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen
Bar-shouldered DoveGeopelia humeralis
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Brown ThornbillAcanthiza pusilla
Brown-capped Emerald-DoveChalcophaps longirostris
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
CicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostris
Collared SparrowhawkAccipiter cirrocephalus
Common BronzewingPhaps chalcoptera
DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis
Eastern WhipbirdPsophodes olivaceus
Eastern Yellow RobinEopsaltria australis
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Grey Shrike-thrushColluricincla harmonica
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae
Lewin’s HoneyeaterMeliphaga lewinii
Peaceful DoveGeopelia placida
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus moluccanus
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Scarlet HoneyeaterMyzomela sanguinolenta
Spotted PardalotePardalotus punctatus
Superb Fairy-wrenMalurus cyaneus
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
Yellow-faced HoneyeaterCaligavis chrysops